Celebrate the End of Ramadan With Planet Numbers15th July 2015
For those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered the holiest month by Muslims across the world; during these 4 weeks Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from dawn until dusk. To celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan by hosting a great feast, we thought we’d bring you a little background information on this fascinating festival, along with a selection of our brilliantly low-cost overseas calls.
Celebrated by around 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, Ramadan 2015 started on 18th June and is due to end on 19th July. Unlike the common misconception, it does not mean participants cease eating all food; it is normal for Muslims to eat a meal before sunrise and another after sunset during Ramadan. It is not always celebrated on the same dates each year as it does not follow the Gregorian calendar, meaning it can be rather hard for some Muslims, dependant on their geographical location; remember in some countries the days can be longer than others, especially during summer months, meaning longer between meals!
As a festival steeped in tradition, many middle eastern countries mark the beginning of Ramadan in all manner of different and ancient ways. In Indonesia people line the streets as ceremonial musicians form a procession through the towns and cities drumming and singing songs, whilst others bathe for spiritual cleansing. In Turkey the mosques are decorated with lights to display devotional messages whilst in Egypt and Palestine fireworks are often set off to mark the start of the highly religious month of fasting. In some countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and Turkey it is also commonplace for a cannon to be fired to mark the end of fasting at sunset. In Egypt lanterns have traditionally lined the towns and cities, creating an incredible glow after sunset, under which to feast beneath.
Although many countries have varying views and even laws surrounding Ramadan, in Pakistan it is actually illegal to eat or drink in public during Ramadan; if caught you can be fined or even sent to jail!
It’s not all about food and drink though; it is believed that fasting during Ramadan promotes good character, increases patience and determination, discourages bad habits and increases generosity, amongst many other great qualities. This religious pastime is focused on your inner self – how you feel, how you live your life and ultimately, how you treat others.
To see how your friends and family may be getting on with Ramadan or how they’re planning on celebrating Eid al-Fitr, you can give them a call for some moral support or to exchange recipes for an amazing feast through Planet Numbers!
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